Tkachuk scored his team-leading 10th goal in the second period
and missed on a penalty shot 30 seconds later in a 2-1 victory over
the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
"I felt like I was playing my best hockey when I got
suspended," Tkachuk said. "It's tough, but you've just got to
take short shifts early and just play hard and good things will
Tkachuk was suspended for a cross-check to the neck of Sharks
defenseman Rob Davison. The Blues' No. 1 line of Tkachuk, Pavol Demitra and Scott Mellanby played together for only the second game
Demitra got the game-winner with his 200th career goal midway
through the third period.
Bill Guerin scored his 12th goal, and first on the road, for the
Stars. Dallas is 1-6-2 in its last nine games, the lone victory
coming Friday night over the Kings.
The Stars had trouble against a team that had allowed nine goals
in its two previous games.
"We're not going to tic-tac-toe all night," left wing Brenden Morrow said. "We just need to throw the puck at the net and get
some second and third effort."
Demitra's seventh goal gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 9:52 of the
third. He executed a give-and-go with Mellanby at the blue line and
split the defense before beating Marty Turco to the stick side.
"We know what we're going to do there," Mellanby said. "It's
nice to have that familiarity. It doesn't always work but you're on
the same page."
Demitra has four goals and six assists in his last seven games
and leads the team with 20 points.
Guerin got the game's first goal at 1:10 of the second period,
beating Chris Osgood after a cross-ice feed from Jason Arnott. In
his last 12 games, Guerin has nine goals and seven assists.
Tkachuk tied it with his seventh goal at 10:38 from the slot
after Demitra won a battle for the puck in the corner. A
half-minute later, Turco stopped Tkachuk on a penalty shot that
would have put the Blues ahead.
Tkachuk, who was pulled down on a breakaway by Stu Barnes, is
1-for-4 on penalty shots for his career. Turco stopped him with a
glove save after nearly losing his balance and falling.
"I don't try to guess," Turco said. "I think I anticipate
well. I'm a terrible guesser."
Demitra has two game-winning goals and has scored in 14 of
his 16 games. ... The Blues have played in an NHL-high 14 one-goal
games and are 9-5 in that span. ... The Blues have 200 victories at
the Savvis Center, the most by any NHL team in buildings that
opened in the 1990s. They're 200-108-43-8 at home since the arena
opened in 1994-95. ... The Stars had been 2-0-1 in their previous
three games against the Blues. ... Stars captain Mike Modano is
minus-15 for the season. ... The Blues have won four in a row at
home, and are 6-2 in their last eight overall.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Chris Rooney Linesmen: David Brisebois, Stephane Provost
Attendance: 19,343 (101.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Bill Guerin (12)
Assists: Jason Arnott, Brenden Morrow
Keith Tkachuk (10)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Barret Jackman
Pavol Demitra (7)
Assists: Scott Mellanby, Konstantin Zakharov